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An Introduction to CUA FM

Facilities Management combines the subfields of asset management and property management, and is closely related to human resources management and information technology management. It is a fast-growing profession, launched in the 1980s in response to the growing need for sustainable, secure, technologically-sophisticated buildings and the growing appreciation of the need to consider facilities in a business’ strategic planning.

Increasingly, facilities are expect to be responsive to the work- and life-styles of those who work, live, or play in them while being energy- and water-efficient, cost-effective, well maintained, adaptable, and safe in the face of security concerns and natural disasters. Courses offered in this program are designed to prepare facility managers to serve the needs of commercial and institutional facilities with particular emphasis on governmental and private cultural, educational, religious, and military facilities such as embassies, schools, churches, and bases. The FM program takes a creative, holistic and strategic approach to facilities management, while reinforcing the importance of ethics and stewardship. It is interdisciplinary in nature and strongly supported by CUA’s Schools of Professional Studies, Business & Economics, Engineering, Law, and Arts & Sciences.

Located in the nation’s capital, with a mass-transit station immediately adjacent to campus makes access easy for practicing and aspiring facility managers working with the State Department, the General Services Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pentagon, and the many privateinstitutional and commercial organizations with a strong presence in Washington, DC. CUA FM is currently coordinating with multiple agencies, organizations, and corporations to facilitate enrollment by their employees. Those who are interested in applying are encouraged to contact the FM program director to discuss opportunities.

Flexible Learning

The MSFM program offers full-time, part-time, and individualized options to cater to students with differing needs.

  • Full-time Students: Courses can be completed in one calendar year – two fifteen-credit regular semesters and a six-credit capstone course completed over the summer.
  • Part-time Students: Students can take classes as time and resources permit. Most classes are offered in the evenings, with some offered off-campus. Online offerings are in development.
  • Individualized Curricula: This option balances curricular requirements, practical experience (including FM certification by IFMA, BOMI, etc.), and achievement of foundational competencies while working within a student’s financial and scheduling constraints. Schedules will be developed by the program director with each student on an individual basis.
  • Joint Degrees: Students who complete a degree in either Architecture, Planning, or Sustainable Design along with their degree in Facilities Management can combine up to 12 credits of course requirements with the requirements from the other programs.